Category Archives: Lebanon

Huffington Post On How Lebanese Journalists Handle Rumors

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Journalists all over the world, not just in Lebanon, are handling rumors in a much worse fashion than 10 or 20 years ago. Speaking of Lebanon, there isn’t one single source I can follow blindly, and there are more and more competing news portals and websites that just want to get more hits by publishing unreliable information and unfounded news. Most of them depend on rumors and gossip which is quite sad.

Take for example the current Arsal battle between the Lebanese Army and Islamists whereas we’re seeing so many fake pictures and videos of dead Islamists and army soldiers. There’s even a video of a decapitated army soldier that’s been shared that has nothing to do with the current fight and took place in Syria two weeks ago apparently. This led the Lebanese Army to issue an official statement asking everyone to verify their sources and stop sharing misleading information.

Magdad Rumors are Poison via @MagdaAbuFadil

This being said, check out this nice article on the HuffingtonPost were Media consultant Dalal Saoud, former Arab affairs editor at CNN and one-time reporter at LBC TV Octavia Nasr and Télé Liban talk show host Shada Omar share their opinions on this matter.

Special thanks to the author Magda Abu-Fadil for mentioning BlogBaladi in the article!

How To Get More Hits To Your Story: Add صورة في الداخل or بالصورة or فيديو

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I usually add Video or In Pictures to my title when I actually have something to show the readers, but I’ve been noticing that a lot of Lebanese news portals are adding randomly these terms to the title just to get more hits. Most of the time, the story doesn’t even have a picture or video or like in the example above, the picture is useless.

I mean seriously what the hell is that image? 4 white dots on a black background?

What Is The World House Of Lebanon?

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It took me a minute to understand the billboard shown above but it’s apparently a Lebanese Christian kid in his first communion clothes next to a Lebanese Muslim kid (Never seen one dressed this way). The billboard was meant to praise the Lebanese Army’s role on its 69th birthday.

The billboards were up before the Arsal clashes erupted yet moderation and unity are now needed more than ever among all factions. Everyone should rally around the Lebanese Army without any exception and silence those who dare doubt its role. I am not talking just for the sake of saying things, or praising the mosques next to churches banners that come out in desperate times only (see below tweet). I’m simply stating a fact that our future as a country is now in the hands of the Lebanese Army as they are fighting a serious threat that’s tearing to pieces neighboring countries like Iraq and Syria. The army is fighting a bunch of barbaric terrorists that know no religion, no God and have no morals and we must get rid of them while they are still in Arsal.

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Speaking of The World House of Lebanon, this is the first time I hear about them to be honest and I am still confused by what they really do after checking their [Website].

“World House of Lebanon” (WHoL) is a non-profit apolitical non-governmental organization based in Lebanon, launched on June 1st, 2009, Ministry of Interior registration no. 1124.

“World House of Lebanon” (WHoL) aims to promote the spirit of cooperation and union among resident and non-resident Lebanese citizens, including emigrants of Lebanese descent. On one hand, WHoL endeavors to encourage the participation of non-resident Lebanese citizens in Lebanon’s political, economic, social, and cultural life, and on the other hand, encourage them to defend the Lebanese cause in their country of residence.

Lebanese Basketball Teams Still Pushing For Three Foreign Players Next Season

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Five teams have apparently threatened to withdraw from the championship if three foreign players won’t be allowed next season. I really don’t understand the logic behind this request and I can’t believe almost all the teams are ok with it. Also, can someone please remind Mr. Kanso that this is the LEBANESE basketball league?

It’s like telling Lebanese players that they can’t improve the game and should sit on the bench while foreign players do their thing.

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Heroic Story of A Fallen Soldier From Arsal

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The above picture is reportedly the last picture Noureddine Al Jamal sent to his family before he was killed by gunmen in Arsal that were coming his way. There’s a story being circulated that Noureddine ordered his men to evacuate their position after they were attacked by a group of 300 gunmen and he decided to stay behind and cover them. He took down tens of Islamists before he got killed by a sniper shot.

I am sure there’s a story to tell for every fallen soldier and these men have managed to do what the strongest armies in the world haven’t been able to. We’ve lost 14 of our brave army soldiers so far but the Islamists are losing ground and I strongly believe the army should go all the way and wipe them all out.

Here’s a small report that LBCI did yesterday on some of the funerals that took place in the country.

Here’s what Jamal last said to his wife:

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